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Tiny Canvas


Those of you who have been following the site for a while know that I like to divide my activity on the web out into different places rather than stick every little thing into one blog. For the most part, I do this to keep the content focused on the various sites I try to keep up.

You Disappear, which is WAY overdue for a bunch of new albums I have discovered since my last post, is for my love of quiet music. Flickr is used to be part of that community and share photos on a more regular basis, more of my film work is usually posted over there. Drifting Through is my tumblr page for random discoveries and bits of creative inspiration. Twitter I use for slightly more personal snips of daily life and is the closest to a facebook type update page as you will see from me as facebook for some reason just seems weird to me heh. Fiftyfootshadows is my home and is a place to post desktops, share stories, and talk about photography from time to time. Expect a design refresh as well as a couple of new features and ideas to come into light here soon. There is also a project that I have been working on for a few months now with another photographer and I will post more on that soon as I am nearly done with a redesign for that site as well.

So at any rate, the reason for my writing here today is simply to announce officially to the 50ft readers another little corner for me to hide things in on the internet. An additional tumblr page called Tiny Canvas. As you may remember I recently posted a bunch of pretty nice images from my trip to India which I took with my iPhone and it was then that I realized that it was a pretty fun, viable source of capturing photos during the moments in my every day life that may have gone unnoticed. I have talked about starting up a photo blog for iPhone photography and I finally got around to setting one up and have started adding to it. I decided to use tumblr for it because it is super easy to post to with my phone and any one else using tumblr can follow me there pretty easily as well or simply use the RSS feed to follow along. I’m sure some of you will find it fun or interesting to dig through from time to time. Heres a link again, incase you missed it.

While I have your attention, does anyone out there know of a service online that could pull together my activity on the web through RSS feeds and display them on one site together? Like a John Carey hub online to make it easy for anyone interested to just get everything I do online in one convenient package. I’ve been looking for a decent solution for a while now but have not come up with anything just yet. Thanks :)


  1. Bertrand - January 26, 2010 at 4:47 am

    I guess Tumblr can gather any rss feed so you could put everything in one page. The only problem would be that posts and photos would appear in chronological order and probably overwhelm your 50ft posts among your flickr photos. So if you look for a single agregator that classify your posts and photos according to its source, it would not be satisfactory.

    Very happy to discover your hidden gems by the way!

  2. Lee - January 26, 2010 at 9:15 am

    You could give yahoo pipes a shot, it will let you aggregate RSS feeds and output them into one feed.

    It kind of has a learning curve though. I played around with aggregating all of your feeds earlier, but I wasn’t able to save it due to some work firewall issues.

  3. john - January 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Bertrand, actually I did start to set up a tumblr page with imported RSS feeds but somewhat strangely they dont let you include tumblr rss feeds so my tumblr pages would be left behind. There is a thing called sweetcron that is kind of handy but I am only half literate when it comes to coding and it takes a fair amount of hassle to get that running smoothly. I try not to post much at a time to flickr and at most I add maybe two photos in a day so I dont think it would overwhelm the others too much. Thanks for the thoughts!

    Lee, I am not familiar with that but I will have a look into it, sounds interesting enough, thanks!

  4. Dan - January 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    There are a few wordpress themes designed to pull in various feeds. If you dig around in the wordpress theme directory for stuff tagged ‘aggregator’ or similar terms.

  5. john - January 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Dan, oh, didnt think of something that simple! heh, another interesting thought, I will look into that, thanks!

  6. Monika Halim - April 1, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Hello John, I just got bumped to your site from MinimalMac tumblr (on the post about photography wallpaper sources) and instantly captivated with your photoworks :) I just love it!

    Well, this might be way too late but hey I better give it a shot. There’s a service that similar with what you searched for called Flavors.me, it serves many popular social media & blog services (twitter, tumblr, posterous, wordpress, youtube, linkedin, etc) it also has free and premium account options. I think you should take a look if you haven’t http://www.flavors.me

    Glad that I bumped here.

    Have a nice day.

  7. john - April 1, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Monika, first off, thanks for the kind words, im glad you enjoy what I post around here :) secondly, this flavors.me site is EXACTLY what i was looking for, thank you so much for pointing me to that!

    all the best..

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